Simply Delicious Chicken Burrito Bowl

Simply Delicious Chicken Burrito Bowl - a bowl filled with chicken, rice, peppers, avocado, corn and beans.

This Simply Delicious Chicken Burrito Bowl is made with lean chicken tenders and packed with tasty vegetables. Prep it for lunches or enjoy a quick, healthy dinner exploding with flavour! 

This post first appeared over at Noshing With The Nolands where I am a contributor. It’s my first foray into the meal prep realm and I’m really pleased with the flavour and versatility of this dish. 

Want to make eating healthy lunches at work a priority or just need a quick and healthy dinner? This Chicken Burrito Bowl is for you. It’s so flavorful and satisfying, even picky kids will love it. Follow the recipe as is, or shake things up a bit by substituting your favorite ingredients.  Switch up your daily lunch routine by enjoying this little Mexican fiesta in a bowl. No siesta required!

Simply Delicious Chicken Burrito Bowl - a bowl filled with chicken, rice, peppers, avocado, corn and beans.

All of my favourite Mexican ingredients are packed into these delicious (and crazy easy!) burrito bowls. The whole family appreciated having pre-prepped lunches for a few days that week. 

I love to whip up a batch of my homemade Taco Seasoning and use it whenever the mood strikes. It’s perfect for adding a bit of zesty heat to casseroles, scrambled or deviled eggs, roasted potatoes, Pork Carnitas, and these Chicken Burrito Bowls.

a bowl of corn and bean cilantro salad.

What is a Chicken Burrito Bowl?

A burrito bowl is simply a bowl containing all of the components found in a burrito, except for the tortilla. It contains all the flavours that everyone loves, but fewer carbohydrates.

Burrito bowls are a quick and easy meal to make for your family on a busy night. However, they also make the PERFECT lunch at your work desk…don’t forget the fork!

Simply Delicious Chicken Burrito Bowl - a bowl filled with chicken, rice, peppers, avocado, corn and beans.

What is in a Chicken Burrito Bowl?

After a long day at work or home, the last thing anyone wants to do is think about making dinner. What is great about these bowls is that they don’t require a lot of thought or preparation. Once you have all the components prepped, all you do is assemble and eat.

Chicken Burrito Bowls can be quickly prepared with basic ingredients such as rice, beans, corn, peppers, onions, tomatoes, and chicken. Add a touch of spice and a few ‘extras’ like avocado, lime, and cilantro. Winner winner, chicken burrito bowl dinner!

Simply Delicious Chicken Burrito Bowl - overhead shot of two square glass fridge containers filled with chicken, rice, peppers, avocado, corn and beans.

How to Make a Chicken Burrito Bowl 

Let’s break down the making of this chicken burrito bowl into several easy steps. 

  1. Make the Rice – Combine the rice with the salsa and pour in the chicken stock. Cook in a rice cooker or use your usual rice cooking method.
  2. Sauté the Veggies – Slice the peppers and onions then sauteé in a hot pan with a bit of olive oil. Don’t forget to season them with salt and pepper.
  3. Make the Salad – Combine the corn and beans. Chop up the fresh cilantro and mix it all in a bowl. Season with taco seasoning or a cilantro lime seasoning (such as Trader Joe’s).
  4. Cook the Chicken Tenders – Use the same pan as for the veggies. Add a touch of olive oil, pat the tenders dry then season with taco seasoning or cilantro lime seasoning. Sauté the chicken over medium heat for about 3 minutes per side. Let cool.
  5. Prep the Extras – Slice the grape tomatoes and any extras you feel like adding (see below for customization ideas). 
  6. Arrange in a bowl/container – Now for the fun part! Place the rice in first, then arrange other ingredients on top of the rice. Always finish by slicing the avocado on last so it doesn’t oxidize. For meal planning, skip the avocado and bring a half or whole to work/school and add it there. 

Simply Delicious Chicken Burrito Bowl - a square glass fridge container filled with chicken, rice, peppers, avocado, corn and beans.

How Can I Customize Burrito Bowls?

The best thing about these Chicken Burrito Bowls is that they are fairly simple to make. In addition, you can use ingredients you have on hand or customize to your family’s flavour preferences. Here are several tasty ways to customize your burrito bowl:

Simply Delicious Chicken Burrito Bowl - overhead shot of a square glass fridge container filled with chicken, rice, peppers, avocado, corn and beans.

  • Use plain rice, brown rice, cilantro-lime rice, quinoa, or cauliflower rice for a low carb diet.
  • Include greens like shredded Romaine lettuce, rubbed kale, or coleslaw.
  • Add a dairy component such as shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese or Mexican Cotija cheese.
  • Add sliced jalapeños. 
  • Replace the sliced grape tomatoes with pico de gallo.
  • Use a scoop of guacamole instead of sliced avocados.
  • Switch out the proteins. Use shrimp, left over steak, refried beans, ground beef, or marinated tofu. 
  • Sauce it up with hot sauce, Mexican crema, sour cream, or cilantro lime sauce.

Can You Eat Burrito Bowls Cold?

Chicken Burrito Bowls can be eaten hot or cold. This recipe makes enough for four generous portions and is very easy to double. That way you can have hot burrito bowls for dinner then pack them up to go for lunches. If you have access to a microwave, they heat up nicely (you might want to add the avocado separately if you are doing this). 

However, chicken burrito bowls are still delicious cold. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of hot sauce and a fork!

Simply Delicious Chicken Burrito Bowl - a square glass fridge container filled with chicken, rice, peppers, avocado, corn and beans.

Chicken Burrito Bowls are a fast and easy weeknight meal that is full of flavour. Additionally, by prepping several servings ahead of time you can save money while enjoying a healthy lunch at your desk instead of unhealthy takeout. 

Pin this Simple Delicious Chicken Burrito Bowl for Later HERE. 

Simply Delicious Chicken Burrito Bowl - Pinterest image showing a bowl and a fridge container filled with chicken, rice, peppers, avocado, corn and beans.

Yield: 4 Servings

Simply Delicious Chicken Burrito Bowl

Simply Delicious Chicken Burrito Bowl

This Simply Delicious Chicken Burrito Bowl is made with lean chicken tenders and packed with tasty vegetables. Prep it for lunches or enjoy a quick, healthy dinner exploding with flavour!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

FOR THE RICE

  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1/2 cup chunky salsa
  • 1 1/4 cups water or chicken broth

FOR THE BOWLS

  • olive oil
  • 12 chicken breast tenders
  • cilantro-lime seasoning (such as Trader Joe's)
  • 1 red bell pepper; cut into strips
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 large onion; sliced
  • 1 lime
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels; thawed
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 18 grape tomatoes
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

    1. Place first three ingredients in a rice cooker and cook on white rice setting.
    2. Drizzle olive oil in a frying pan and add the onions and peppers. Sauté them until just soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
    3. Dry the chicken tenders with a paper towel. Season with salt, pepper, and the chili-lime seasoning.
    4. Drizzle olive oil into the pan and sauté the tenders over medium high heat for about 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and set aside.
    5. Zest the lime then cut it in half. Juice one half and reserve the juice. Slice the second half into 4 wedges.
    6. In a small bowl, combine the corn, black beans, and cilantro together. Season with salt, pepper, and chili-lime seasoning. Drizzle with the lime juice.
    7. Quarter the grape tomatoes.
    8. Divide the salsa rice in four bowls or fridge safe containers. Arrange the veggies, chicken, corn salad, and tomatoes in each bowl/container.
    9. Slice the avocado in half, remove the pit and peel. Slice each avocado half into 10-12 slices crosswise.
    10. Arrange avocado slices on top of burrito bowl and top with a wedge of lime.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 636Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 1531mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 12gSugar: 8gProtein: 30g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

22 comments

  1. Veena Azmanov

    This looks like a total comfort meal. I would love to grab this awesome Platter for Dinner. Love every combination to this yummy meal.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thanks for stopping by Veena!

      Reply

  2. Chef Dennis

    This Chicken Burrito Bowl is making my tummy growl. I’m sure my wife will also love a bowl of this. Looks really delicious and satisfying.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It sure is, I just love all those flavours together. Enjoy Dennis!

      Reply

  3. HEATHER PERINE

    Oh this would make a great dinner or make ahead lunch 🙂 Might try with cauilflower rice to cut the carbs!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      That’s a great substitution!

      Reply

  4. Amy Liu Dong

    Seeing this Burrito Bowl makes me so hungry, I will definitely save this recipe and will make this on this weekend.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It makes me hungry too. Enjoy and stay safe!

      Reply

  5. GUNJAN C Dudani

    I have been craving for a burrito bowl since the lockdown. Now, I am heading over to my kitchen to make and enjoy this. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I hope you enjoy it and it brightens your day. keep safe!

      Reply

  6. Pam Greer

    This is our new favorite lunch!!! We love how easy it is and that it’s filled with good for you ingredients!

    Reply

  7. Jacqui DeBono

    I have some chicken tenders in the freezer and this would be a perfect use for them. I must make them for our next taco night. Healthy and delicious!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      yes!! Happy taco night to you!

      Reply

  8. Mama Maggie's Kitchen

    This Chicken Burrito Bowl is making me want to eat another round. Looks really scrumptious. The colors of those tasty vegetable are definitely mouth watering.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Glad to hear you love these bowls!

      Reply

  9. Kay

    Absolutely delicious, the chicken certainly was tender! There were only 2 of us eating it, so we saved the rest for lunch the next day! Perfect!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Great! It’s always so handy to have another meal prepped.

      Reply

  10. Jenni LeBaron

    These chicken burrito bowls look delicious! I love that their jam=packed with so many colors, texture, and flavor. I keep seeing that cilantro lime seasoning at Trader Joes and wondering what I could do with it because it sounds so delicious. Now I know that it was made for a tasty dish like this!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Oh, I use it on everything. It’s amazing. That was my first trip to TJ’s but not my last!

      Reply

  11. Erik McKee

    I just ate, but this is making me hungry!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It’s a good recipe to have on hand when hunger strikes.

      Reply

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